Mr. Ray Martinez’s entire professional career has been in the field of education.
He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago where he earned his undergraduate degree (B.A.) in the area of Secondary Education. He is also a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago where he earned his graduate degree (M.Ed.) in the area of Education Administration and Supervision. Mr. Martinez is also certified in Spanish, Bilingual Education and ESL (English as a Second Language).
Mr. Martinez has been a Spanish, ESL and Bilingual teacher at the elementary, middle school, high school, community college and adult education levels. He has also taught Spanish at the University of Illinois at Chicago at the undergraduate level teaching Spanish 101-104.
Mr. Martinez has worked with student athletes as a head varsity soccer coach at the high school level and has provided leadership as an administrator at the high school and community college levels.
As a teacher at Prairie Crossing Charter School, Mr. Martinez feels that he has returned to his roots as a classroom teacher. He teaches fifth through eight grade Spanish and has found PCCS to be a wonderful school that allows him to work with creative and motivated students. He also feels particularly fortunate to have found a group of professional, dedicated teachers to call his colleagues.
Mr. Martinez continues to coach soccer at the club level working with a community-based club in Libertyville (GLSA), the Greater Libertyville Soccer Association, where he works with athletes ranging from 7 to 18 years of age. As a coach, he continues to grow, having attained both a U. S. National D license and a Brazilian D license.
Mr. Martinez feels extremely fortunate to be able to continue to work at PCCS in a field that is truly rewarding, allowing him to learn something new every day of his life.